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Mass. bill would require divorcing parents to obtain judge’s approval for sex

The Massachusetts legislature is conducting hearings Wednesday on a bill that would bar divorcing couples with children from carrying on a sexual relationship while in their own home. The bill would prevent parents from “conducting a dating or sexual relationship within the home” until the divorce is final. Although seemingly…

After panning ‘radical’ GOP Medicare plan, Gingrich says he’d vote for it

WASHINGTON – In the span of three days, he went from lambasting the GOP Medicare privatization plan as too radical to endorsing it and declaring his full support. “I would have voted for the budget,” former Republican House speaker and presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told Media Matters in a video…

GOP Rep: Let’s privatize federal lands to pay off debt

WASHINGTON – Freshman Republican Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida proposed privatizing federally-owned lands as a way to reduce the national debt. “I’m not an economist, but I have maintained a household. The federal government owns 70 per cent of Utah, for example. There are federal buildings,” Ross told Reuters in…

Maid denies ‘consensual sex’ with IMF chief: lawyer

NEW YORK — The woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn will strongly deny to jurors any assertions that she willingly had sex with the IMF chief, her attorney said Wednesday. “I think that when the jury hears her testimony and sees her in person, and finally…

Gingrich: ‘Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that anyone that uses direct quotes from his Sunday interview about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to dismantle Medicare is lying. “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich had told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday. “I don’t…

Schwarzenegger admits lovechild triggered split

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Film star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a lovechild with a staff member which he kept secret for a decade, until its disclosure torpedoed his marriage. The former bodybuilder’s estranged wife Maria Shriver, a daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, reacted by asking for…

Post-hack, Sony chief says company cannot guarantee PS3 security

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony chief Howard Stringer has warned he can no longer guarantee the security of the electronics giant’s gaming network in the “bad new world” of cybercrime after one of the biggest Internet data breaches. The Japanese multinational has begun restoring its hacked PlayStation Network and Sony Online…

US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

Jon Stewart to Bill O’Reilly: Palin more of ‘a television personality than a politician’

In his second night of segments from his interview with Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly asked The Daily Show host to weigh in on the 2012 Republican field (Part 3 below) as well as President Obama’s performance (Part 4 below). In discussing Sarah Palin, Stewart said that he was not “a…

Senate kills bill targeting $2 billion in Big Oil subsidies

WASHINGTON — The US Senate defeated a bill taking aim at some $2 billion in annual subsidies to some of the world’s largest and most profitable oil companies amid deep voter anger at high gasoline prices. Lawmakers voted 52-48 to end debate on the measure, falling short of the 60…

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